The parking lot that claimed the life of a much-loved bowling alley on 87th Street is one step closer to reality.
Community Board 10 signed off on Century 21’s plan to build a six-story parking garage capable of accommodating 279 cars on the former site of the Mark Lanes bowling alley.
The lot could help ease parking congestion during daytime shopping hours and also at night, as Century 21 has promised to allow local restaurants to use the lot for valet parking, freeing up space on the street.
“There is a lot of congestion caused by cars circling around the block looking for parking spaces,” said Melanie McMurray, a company representative who spoke at CB10’s July 11 meeting.
Parking would not be free, unless shoppers buy something at Century 21 and get their parking ticket validated, according to McMurray.
In addition to the parking garage, Century 21 hopes to add a level of retail space on 87th Street and plant six trees on the roof, according to architect David Nicholson.
Despite the overwhelming community board support, the extra parking was condemned by at least one constituency: bowling fans.
“The bowling alley was here for 50 years and my heart was destroyed when they tore it down,” said local bowling fanatic Tom Brice.